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Meet the Experts

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Deborah is an insightful dating and relationship coach who works with women and men of all ages, sexual orientations and relationship styles who are on a self-aware journey to finding love again. Deborah’s advice has been featured in The Washington Post, Prevention Magazine, HuffPost and has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show. Additionally, she is a freelance writer in her own right published on Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Scary Mommy and more. Learn more about Deborah 

Love and Dating Coach
Kiss of Perspective, Owner
Author & Freelance Writer

DEBORAH BESINGER CRC, CLC

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Jolene is an Independent Agent/Owner of Jolene Wise Realty with Keller Williams Preferred Realty, After making some big transitions in her life, she is uniquely prepared to work directly with you to help you make your transition whether it is a first time home purchase, up-sizing, down-sizing, relocation, divorce or retirement. Even if you are looking to leave or come to NC she has an extensive network to help you find the perfect agent for your next step.
Prior to joining Keller Williams in 2017, she spent 25 years as a Medical Equipment & Device Account Manager working for GE & Boston Scientific. In those positions she managed the client relationship, sales process and delivered a high level of customer service. These are the skills that she brings  to her Real Estate business and as a result, in 2018 I earned Rookie of the year at Keller Williams Preferred Realty.

Your Realtor for ALL Transitions in Life

Jolene Wise Realty

JOLENE WISE

Lisa’s experience includes 20+ years as an institutional investor for such notable names as Duke Management Company and Oak Value Capital Management prior to returning to her roots advising successful families and individuals. Lisa is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds the Chartered Financial Consultant designation, ChFC®. She is a frequent speaker on Tax Smart Retirement Strategies, Legacy Planning, and Wealth Building for Women.

Lisa serves on the Advisory Board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke University and also serves as an instructor. Lisa serves on the Board of the Duke Campus Club and is the Interest Group Leader of the “Money Matter$” financial education interest group. Lisa co-founded the annual “Having it All” for women event held each Spring in Research Triangle Park. Lisa is an active member of the Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council and First Presbyterian Church and is a former Board member of the NC Council for Women, Durham County Women’s Commission, and the NC State Women’s Center Community Advisory Board.

Lisa loves being Paul’s wife and Caroline’s mom.

PRESIDENT & CEO

LISA M. GABRIEL, CFP®, ChFC®

Dennis (or, Denny as he is known to patients and coworkers) is the Executive Director of InShape Medical. In addition to directing the overall business activities of the clinic, he coaches and consults with patients and clients to guide them in meeting their individual goals for health and well-being. Dennis takes a mind-body approach to coaching and consulting in order to address the whole person and has a passion for helping people live happier, healthier, more prosperous and fulfilling lives.

Executive Director, InShape Medical

DENNIS PATRICK OWENS, MS, CHt, CNT, CHC

While Andrew was serving his country as a judge advocate general in the U.S. Navy for seven years, he developed a good sense of the kind of law practice he wanted to start when he returned to civilian life. 
Andrew grew up in Pennsylvania, but when it came time for college — and, a little later, law school — he headed south. He received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University in 1999 and worked as an engineer in Houston for two years before pursuing a longstanding interest in law. He enrolled at the University of Texas School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 2005, and then decided to pursue another longstanding interest: serving his country in the military.
After completing the Navy’s boot camp for lawyers, Andrew got married and went to the Naval Justice School. He then spent three years in San Diego, four years in Naples, Italy, and was deployed twice — first to Djibouti, Africa, and then aboard a British frigate, the HMS Cornwall, which was conducting anti-pirate operations off the coast of Somalia.
In 2018, Andrew has been recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law from the North Carolina State Bar.
A former Brazilian ju-jitsu practitioner, Andrew spends some of his spare time keeping fit as a Russian kettlebell instructor. His favorite activity, however, is spending time with his family.

Attorney and Partner

ANDREW J. COBIN

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Transitions – it’s something Wendy knows a bit about, especially in terms of her career!  She has lived in three different states (Oregon, Louisiana, and North Carolina), and has opened businesses in all three.  
In her downtime Wendy spends time with her husband of 33 years, enjoys time with friends, reading and baking.  Her work consists of all the things she loves to do, including spending time taking classes in skin care, cosmetics, and photography.

Esthetician, Spa Owner

WENDY SOLOMON

Debbie is an Independent Financial Professional specializing in comprehensive planning. She is the owner of Ashbridge Financial Solutions.  Her unique approach to financial planning helps to empower people to have a healthy relationship with money and finances. As an Independent Financial Advisor, she is not tied to a specific set of products or carriers. Rather, she has access to a multitude of options to build a customized strategy for each client’s unique situation.

Debbie’s comprehensive financial planning solutions can help no matter if just beginning to plan for retirement, about to retire, or deep into retirement.

Financial Advisor and Owner of Ashbridge Financial Solutions

DEBBIE ASH

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Clare has over two decades of professional experience in counseling and psychotherapy. Clare began her career in New York City where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from The New School for Social Research and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University.

Clare has worked extensively with women, men, adolescent girls, and college and graduate students. She gained comprehensive experience in the treatment of trauma and eating disorders while working at the Renfrew Center, an internationally renowned residential treatment center.  She continues to attend conferences and trainings regularly and has a particular interest in studying the intersection of mind-body experience and the new research into the brain and it’s generative (and re-generative) responses to attachment and interpersonal relationships. Clare also has a background in art and enjoys incorporating creative arts in the therapeutic process.

Owner of CAS Counseling Psychotherapy Associates

CLARE A. STADLEN, LCSW, CEDS

Jessica  brings a long and varied career in banking, serving clients across segments of wealth.  During this time, Jessica noticed the need to help women of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds better understand their financial picture, particularly at different stages of life.  She started Brainstormingwomen, to put her experience, education, skills, and aspirations to work helping clients create a more proactive relationship with their money.  They needed to find their voice, and learn the language of money.   The business started by helping clients build a budget, organize their finances, and put a plan together for long term success.

Owner of BrainstormingWomen

JESSICA M GARCIA MBA, CDFA, CDC

Carrie is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and after graduating from Campbell University with a degree in Mass Communications, now calls North Carolina home. She continued her education at The Chef’s Academy, earning Dean’s List honors and with a passion for her exploration of food, Carrie has been enjoying the benefits of a Plant-Based Lifestyle for over 4 years-without compromising taste!
Her passion for healthy eating started long before her devotion towards plant-based meals. In fact, Carrie was a 5th round contestant on NBC’2 2011 show “America’s Next Great Restaurant” with Bobby Flay and Curtis Stone.

Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor

CARRIE HAGG aka Culinary Carrie

Cory grew up playing every sport you can think of and started working out to gain a competitive edge.  After high school, his hobby turned into a passion and while in college he decided to get certified, so he knew how to take his personal goals of fitness training to the next level. Cory started training friends and family and immediately knew he found his passion!  His favorite part of his job with O2 Fitness is all the relationships he’s built, and continues to build, and the impact he’s makes on so many lives.  Cory has made it his mission to find the people that want and need help, but don’t know how to find it or who to ask.  

This is the reason we know Cory was perfect for Overcome the moment we met him!

NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

CORY MAXWELL

Jen is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer specializing in yoga for athletes, beginner yoga and Vinyasa flow. She has been teaching since 2014 and has had the privilege of working with professional and collegiate athletic teams guiding them through safe and effective recovery yoga sessions. Jen pours her heart and soul into each class she teaches, making sure the environment and practice are safe, welcoming and fun! See Jen’s schedule and offerings here.

Certified Yoga Instructor & Personal Trainer

JEN FORTIN

Michele is a licensed clinical social worker with over 27 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She currently has a private practice in North Raleigh. 

Private Practice Owner

MICHELE CHACHKES, LCSW

Mary graduated with honors from North Carolina Central School of Law. During law school, she was the president of the law school’s Innocence Project, which investigates claims of innocence by inmates whose innocence may be proven using new technologies, such as DNA. Mary completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD (Go Greyhounds!), where she majored in Business Management and Law. She resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband of 30 years where they enjoy spending time with their three children. Her favorite activities include spending time on Lake Gaston and at Baltimore Ravens and NC State Games.

Family Lawyer & Firm Owner

MARY GURGANUS

Asha has a degree as a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Personal Trainer, and is certified in Medication Therapy Management and Immunization. She has more than 23 years of experience in the health care industry. In her practice at PAI Wellness Group, Dr. Asha uses a unique 7 Steps to H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.™ process and a 360-degree holistic, individualized approach to helping her patients manage their health and wellness, using as few medications as possible. 

Recently, Dr. Asha published a book entitled To Medicate or Not? That Is the Question: The Ultimate Guide to Improving Blood Test Results, in which she describes her 7 Steps to H.A.R.M.O.N.Y. and the many factors that come into play in order to achieve a healthier life.
 

Owner of PAI Wellness Group

DR. ASHA PAI BOHANNON, PharmD, CDE, CPT, MTM

Ryan is your publisher and it is his life and passion for helping others that will help make Overcome interesting, relevant, resourceful and most of all, funny!  Ryan will share more of his life's stories, both personally and professionally which hopefully will relate to many and motivate people to join the conversation and overcome.

Father of 3 Daughters, Former Police Officer, Publisher

RYAN MAYER

Judy Julian worked for the state of North Carolina's Juvenile Justice System for 31 years. Some of her greatest moments were helping start an organizations for local program providers who worked with at risk youth, coordination of the development of a results based program for incarcerated girls who had severe drug and alcohol problems.The program got both national and international attention and became a foundation for other programs for youth who had similar problems Her greatest honor was having a learning center for at risk girls named after her in Greensboro, NC.

In 2008 Judy reinvented herself and embarked on a Travel Business. She is Certified by the Cruise Line International Association as a Cruise Counselor. 

Judy loves working on destination weddings,and multi generational family holidays where families and friends get a chance to travel together and create amazing memories.

She loves reading, kayaking, fishing, seeing new places and meeting new people.

Owner of Go4LessNow Travel

JUDY JULIAN

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As a Raleigh native (yes, they do exist:), the Triangle area is her core market knowledge as she has seen the changes and growth in our market over the last 40 years.  After making an industry leap from years of corporate management, Robin was trained and inspired by the real estate market by her own transaction experiences along with the best of the best in our industry. Her high level commitment to real estate education was a great decision she made and has served her well in her career.  Robin currently lives in Wake Forest with her husband Raymond, son Austin, daughter Michaela, 2 dogs (Darby and Xena), 3 cats (Sparkey, Alley and Molly) along with their rotating foster dogs. They happily volunteer with Paws for Life NC and love all fur babies.

Realtor

ROBIN McCONNELL